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"These are distinctly frightening times-especially for those of us who believe judicial elections should be different from other elections and that it is important to maintain both the appearance and actuality of impartial justice."
Rick Hasen and Dahlia Lithwick

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October 24, 2014

With less than two weeks to November 4th, political parties, outside groups, and state Supreme Court candidates have spent more than $9.1 million on TV ads this election cycle, including primaries and off cycle elections, according to FCC filings, campaign financial disclosures, and estimates from Kantar Media/CMAG analyzed by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.

October 23, 2014

Illinois state Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, whose 2004 election battle against Gordon Maag set spending records at the time, is facing a surge in independent spending by a group opposing his retention.   

October 23, 2014

A pre-election poll of 579 Cole County, Missouri likely voters shows nearly three-quarters of them concerned about outside special interest money pouring into their county’s circuit court election.

October 15, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made the following statement in reacting to reports that a partisan group based in Washington, D.C. has channeled $200,000 into Missouri to help fund a lower-court judicial candidate in a politically important jurisdiction: 

October 10, 2014

In March of 2013, JAS issued a statement highlighting the urgency of the legislature acting to preserve the judicial nominating commission, which stood at the core of the Tennessee Plan, in which Bert Brandenburg called it "troubling"...

October 10, 2014

Spending on television advertising airtime has topped $1 million in three contested races for the Michigan Supreme Court, as the state Republican Party began an ad campaign touting its nominees, according to an analysis by Justice at Stake...

October 8, 2014

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) began airing television ads in Montana’s State Supreme court election this week, as spending by non-candidate groups makes its entrance into the race.  

October 7, 2014

With less than one month remaining before the Nov. 4 elections, candidates for the North Carolina Supreme Court have booked more than $1 million worth of TV airtime for campaign ads in the four contested races. 

October 2, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider an appeal in Lanell Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar:

September 30, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement on today’s announcement by the American Judicature Society that it will close its doors:

September 26, 2014

A debate in Wisconsin over whether state Supreme Court justices should hear a case involving a top spender on behalf of several of their campaigns illustrates the need for judicial selection reform

September 26, 2014

Michigan could be on track to see another high-spending ad war in its Supreme Court races this fall, as candidates have already booked nearly $690,000 worth of airtime in TV ad contracts.

September 24, 2014

With the November 4th elections less than six weeks away, public records available to date show that television advertising buys worth nearly $710,000 have already been booked in four contested races for the North Carolina Supreme Court.

September 11, 2014

More than $3.1 million has already been spent this year on TV ads in state supreme court primaries and off-cycle elections, according to estimates provided by Kantar Media/CMAG and released by the Brennan Center and Justice at Stake. 

August 28, 2014

Justice at Stake is pleased to announce that Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jamie Barnett of Venable LLP, who has more than 30 years experience in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, has joined its Board of Directors. 

August 21, 2014

A post-election poll of Tennessee voters who participated in the August 7 election finds a strong majority is opposed to partisan politics playing a role in the courts or in retention elections for judges.  

August 7, 2014

 WASHINGTON, D.C., August 7–Television ad spending in Tennessee’s Supreme Court election surged past $1.4 million, in a tough contest that attracted money from in-state and out-of-state sources. On Thursday, voters delivered new eight-year terms to all three incumbent Tennessee justices who sought retention to the five-member court.


August 1, 2014

In the final week before the August 7 retention election for three incumbent Tennessee Supreme Court justices, spending has soared over a million dollars with both pro-retention and anti-retention groups investing heavily in television advertising, Justice at Stake has found.

July 23, 2014

A significant new barrage of politically-charged campaign ads hit Tennessee airwaves this week targeting three state Supreme Court justices up for retention.  Among the out-of-state groups spending money to unseat the justices is Americans for Prosperity, a Koch brothers-linked dark money group that also spent money to influence state Supreme Court races in North Carolina and Florida in 2012. 

July 21, 2014

The first television ads calling for voters to oust three Tennessee Supreme Court justices facing retention on August 7th have hit the state’s airwaves, as the retention election continues to heat up.

July 11, 2014

Campaigns to retain three state Supreme Court justices up for retention in Tennessee’s August 7 election have purchased at least $107,610 worth of television airtime and begun airing ads on behalf of the candidates. The justices’ campaigns have reported a fundraising total of  $598,261.99 according to state disclosure records. 

July 9, 2014

Justice at Stake applauded the release by its Honorary Chair, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, of her advancement of a model for choosing state judges. The plan, “The O’Connor Judicial Selection Plan,” is the culmination of a years-long study on judicial selection conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) and Justice O’Connor. 

July 1, 2014

 Fair and impartial courts in the state of Montana are threatened by a district court order striking down campaign contribution limits, Justice at Stake said in a friend-of-the-court brief.  

June 18, 2014

Justice at Stake Deputy Director of Federal Affairs and Diversity Initiatives Liz Fujii issued the following statement on the historic confirmation of three judges of diverse backgrounds.

June 17, 2014

Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice, the American Judicature Society, the Campaign Legal Center and the Arizona Judges Association asked the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hold a rehearing on a decision made by a panel of the appellate court in May. 



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